Saints laugh at hype
THE way Sawtell-Toormina coach Jim Angel sees it, the AFL North Coast premiership is still a three-horse race.
He hears nobody in the club boasting about having the flag all sewn up after four straight wins by healthy margins and the keen attitude in the playing group keeps them grounded.
"Everybody is just going about their business and while I agree we've done pretty well so far, there's plenty of respect there for Breakers and Port," he said.
"So far there hasn't been a great deal about us in the media so we just get on with doing what we have to do.
"Yeah, I'm always confident we will be prominent at the end but at the moment we have to take care of this grand final replay first."
It's a replay of sorts with the new Breakers club formed by the merger of 2014 runner-up Coffs Swans and North Coffs Kangaroos.
The newly badged Breakers had a difficult start in the first couple of rounds but with a key group of familiar faces now wearing the teal colours, the spiral has been in an upward direction.
"I don't think we'll get the same run as last time we played them," Angel predicted.
"Darren Funston and Pat Curtin have pulled the boots on for them again and both blokes can play a bit.
"All I can tell you is we are going as hard at it as we were this time 12 months back, training to win and play the best we can."
Meanwhile, Macleay Valley can leapfrog Grafton by winning at home today.
The fledgling Eagles are still finding their way but already have unearthed a young player who appears to have all the skills to make it to the top of the game.
Teenager Shaydan Close stunned onlookers with marks he took against Port Magpies and will prove a handful for the Tigers today.